Arthur Bowring MH recently retired as Managing Director and is now Senior Consultant to the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, and a Maritime Arbitrator and Mediator.
He is Chairman of the Labour Affairs Committee of the International Chamber of Shipping, Vice Chairman of the Special Tripartite Committee, Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 and Spokesman of the Maritime Employers’ Group at the International Labour Organisation.
From 2011 to 2017 he was Chairman of the Maritime Services Training Board of the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council.
Arthur has a broad shipping background, which includes several years at sea as a deck officer, working as a ship surveyor for Lloyds Register, acting as an oil and dry cargo chartering and owning broker and freight trader for a major international trading house, handling marine insurance placing and claims and working as a consultant, handling investigative work, and claims and project management.
He is Council Member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Convenor of the Hong Kong Maritime Arbitration Group, and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, the Nautical Institute, the Royal Institute of Navigation, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, and member of the Hong Kong Mediation Council.
In 2014 he was awarded the Lloyds List ‘Asia Lifetime Achievement Award’, in 2015 he was awarded the ‘Contribution to the Development of the Hong Kong Maritime Cluster Award’ by Seatrade Asia, in 2016 he was conferred an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council and in 2017 he was awarded the Medal of Honour by the Hong Kong SAR Government.
Ang Moo Lim assumed the position of President, Start Cruises in November 2015; he also holds the position of Executive Vice President of Sales, with Country Head of China of Genting Hong Kong Limited. In addition to his Star Cruises portfolio, he also oversees the groups’ shore ventures in China including Genting World and Genting Residences, a boutique ski project, and Genting Star, a budget hotel chain. Mr Ang joined the company in May 1999, and has over the years assumed responsibilities in finance, corporate planning and investor relations, before transferring to China in September 2008 as the Vice President of China Operations. He also holds the positions of legal representative and director for a number of subsidiariesof Genting Hong Kong Limited.
Mr Ang holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Universiti Putra Malaysia, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economic Statistics from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
Seasoned travel and hospitality executive Michael Bayley was named President & CEO of Royal Caribbean International, the world’s largest cruise brand in December 2014. Bayley’s career with the brand’s parent company, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd (RCCL), spans 30 years. In his former role as President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, Bayley delivered strong results while building the company’s “modern luxury” positioning, which resonated successfully with Celebrity’s sophisticated customer base.
Bayley began his career with the company in 1981, working in a variety of shipboard and shoreside positions with increasing management responsibility.
A native of the United Kingdom, Bayley graduated with a degree in business administration, and has attended management programs at Harvard Business School and Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Jeff Bent is the Managing Director at Worldwide Cruise Terminals, a joint venture company managing and operating Hong Kong's new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. He is also Director for rail and cruise projects at Worldwide Flight Services, a leading airport ground handler and the world's largest independent air cargo terminal operator. In addition to the cruise terminal, he oversees a team of over 100 service professionals at various Hong Kong metro stations and the train station serving mainland Chinese cities. Jeff speaks Cantonese and Mandarin and has lived over 25 years in Asia, primarily in Hong Kong.
Ted Blamey is a cruise industry pioneer, former CEO and strategic advisor to industry leaders.
Ted was Managing Director, Sitmar Cruises Australasia, where later he was promoted to worldwide President/CEO, leading Sitmar International’s US expansion, and initiated the first major cruise industry consolidation with the merging of Sitmar’s worldwide interests with Princess/P&O.
He was CEO of Australia’s largest retail travel group, Chairman of Sydney Ports and instrumental in starting a global luxury cruise line.
Ted founded CHART Management Consultants in 1997, advising cruise lines, destinations and government authorities globally. An Asia/Pacific expert, CHART authored the 2013 White Paper on the Asian cruise industry and prepared the 2014, 2016 and 2017 Asia Cruise Trends for CLIA. The firm recently led the cruise tourism strategy projects for the Philippines, for South Pacific Tourism and for Papua New Guinea, conducted a market and operations appraisal for a brand new port in China and is currently working on new Asian cruise developments.
Mary Bond is managing director publishing and content at Seatrade, overseeing the company’s cruise and maritime print and online portfolio as well as playing a leading role in shaping live content at Seatrade’s global cruise events.
The editor of Seatrade Cruise News and Seatrade Cruise Review quarterly, the official magazine at Seatrade cruise events worldwide, since both titles were launched, respectively in 1997 and 2000.
She has worked in the shipping industry for 36 years, first for Lloyd’s Register of Shipping before joining Seatrade’s editorial team in 1985.
She covers global cruise stories, as well as editing and overseeing Seatrade’s extensive team of cruise expert writers and moderates at industry events. She is also on the steering committee of CruiseBritian.
Thatcher Brown was appointed President of Dream Cruises, Genting Hong Kong’s newest cruise brand, in November 2015.
In this role, Brown is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for Dream Cruises with the Board and other management to successfully position and launch Dream Cruises as ‘The first-ever Asian luxury cruise line’. To this end, he is also responsible for defining Dream Cruises’ longer term brand and business strategies that contribute to the overall growth of the Company.
With over 25 years’ experience in the hospitality and cruise industries, Brown held senior management positions in operations, brand strategy and marketing with such international hospitality companies as Crystal Cruises, Costa Cruises, Jumeirah Group and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts prior to joining the Company.
An experienced global maritime leader in the areas of policy, government, and related law, Bud Darr is Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs of MSC Group.
Having served in the US Navy, US Merchant Marine, and US Coast Guard, as well as being an accomplished ocean yacht racer, Bud’s longstanding connection with the sea and ships that sail upon it is both personal and professional.
Bud began his education with the US Navy in Submarine Nuclear Engineering and later furthered his formal education at the US Merchant Marine Academy, where he was trained as a Deck Officer and received his undergraduate degree. Later, during his service with the US Coast Guard, he studied law at the George Washington University Law School.
In 2010, he retired from his government career to join the Cruise Lines International Association, where as its Global Senior Vice President of Technical and Regulatory Affairs, he led the cruise industry’s efforts in a broad range of maritime subject areas, including countless international treaty negotiations, sector-wide policy development, and engagement with government bodies around the world.
He has conducted work in more than fifty countries throughout his career and consistently served in leadership roles for more than three decades.
Today, Bud is engaged across MSC’s divisions in applying his skills toward establishing and developing a central Government Affairs function, based at the Group’s headquarters in Geneva.
Bud was announced as Executive Vice President of Maritime Policy and Government Affairs of MSC Group in May 2017.
Mr. Ferri is the CEO of Fincantieri China, a wholly owned foreign enterprise (WOFE) established in 2015 in Shanghai to better develop the Group’s activities in the Chinese market.
Mr. Ferri joined Fincantieri in 2012 as Head of the Strategic Marketing department for the cruise business unit. The Company is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and number one by diversification and innovation. It is leader in cruise ship design and construction and a reference player in all high-tech shipbuilding industry’s sectors, from naval to offshore vessels, from high-complexity special vessels and ferries to mega-yachts, ship repairs and conversions, systems and components production and after-sales services.
Prior to Fincantieri Mr. Ferri has worked 3 years in China in the industrial and marine crane sector for a company of Severstal Group, where he started up and managed its Chinese branch. Mr. Ferri other work experiences consist in 5 years in the Automotive industry, 2 of them spent between USA and Spain.
Mr. Ferri holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng.) from the Italian University of Bologna as well as a Master in Business Administration from HULT International Business School from Boston, USA.
Mr. Ferri has been in charge of the negotiation of the Joint Venture Agreement between Fincantieri and CSSC, for the construction of the fist cruise ship in China dedicated to the Chinese market, which was signed in July 2016.
In May 2017 Mr. Ferri, together with Mr. Su Ping, District Vice Director of Baoshan, and Mr. Chen Qi, Vice President of CSSC, signed a Letter of Intent among the parties for the collaboration on the development of the cruise industry supply chain in the Boashan industrial park.
William Harber is Hurtigruten’s President, China & Asia-Pacific. He’s responsible for Hurtigruten’s entry to the region as a world leader in exploration travel in collaboration with the company’s senior leadership team.
For Hurtigruten, Mr. Harber is charged with driving sales and profitability across markets, including Greater China, Japan, Australia & New Zealand, and India. He’s establishing and upgrading commercial infrastructure to deepen travel agent relationships and open new channels for growth. He’s tasked with increasing market share by ensuring correct brand positioning and effective sales, marketing, and communication strategies.
Mr. Harber has over 20 years of experience, including 12 in the cruise industry.
He currently lives in Hong Kong with his family.
David was appointed as President, NCL, China in March 2016.
In this role, he is responsible for all three brands of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings in the China market, for sale, marketing, PR, including the home-porting of NCLH’s newest and largest ship, Norwegian Joy.
David was the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of China for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Ltd. David was appointed to this position in October 2015.
David was previously the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for NCLH and had been a Senior Advisor to the Chairman and CEO of Prestige Cruise Holdings since 2012. David is the Founder and Managing Partner of Eastside Financial Group, a private investment firm, where he invested in and advised private companies.
Dr Wang Hong, Party Secretary General of Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, Baoshan District; Director-General, Shanghai International Cruise Business Institute; Professor, Shanghai University of Engineering Science, Management Faculty. Dr Wang is under the State’s Council special grant scheme, candidate of Chinese national Talent Project. In her long career of teaching and research, Dr Wang has chaired numerous national level social science foundations. More than 40 pieces of her research work have been published and awarded at national and provincial level.
Dr Wang was appointed as CPC Party Secretary General after being Mayor of Shanghai Municipal People’s Government Baoshan District. During her services in Baoshan, she advocated significant industry transformation for Baoshan district. Baoshan has gained the status of National Cruise Experimental Zone, National Tourism Standardization Model Zone, China Internet Innovation Zone, Shanghai International Cruise Industry Development Reformation Zone.
Ms. Helen Huang was appointed President, Greater China of MSC Cruises in August 2016. She is responsible for the strategy development, business expansion and overall management across the Greater China region.
With over twenty years’ experience in the industry, Ms. Huang has a profound understanding of the business and extensive experience in senior executive leadership. Before joining MSC Cruises, she was most recently Vice President Corporate Communications, Costa Asia and General Manager, Costa China, from July 2013 to December 2015.
Ms. Huang’s name was firstly connected with MSC Cruises from December 2009 to July 2013 as General Manager of Mediterranean Cruise Travel Agency (Shanghai) Co., Ltd, the Joint Venture between MSC Cruises and Shanghai International Port (Group) Co., Ltd. Prior to that, she gained fifteen years’ working experience at executive levels for both the head office of Shanghai International Port (Group) Co., Ltd. and its subsidiaries.
Ms. Huang holds an MBA in Logistics and International Marketing from Fudan University in Shanghai and a Bachelor degree in English Language and Literature from the Shanghai International Studies University.
Mark is a Partner and Senior Vice President, Ports & Maritime for Bermello Ajamil & Partners, Inc. He joined B&A in 2000 and prior to that has been in the cruise industry since 1987. From 1990 - 2000 he worked for Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises as Manager, Shore Excursion Programs / Destination Development with oversight of the brands expansion efforts in Europe, Bermuda, Canada & New England and the Bahamas amongst others.
He leads B&A’s Port Master Planning, Cruise Facility Planning & Development, Marina and Waterfront Planning worldwide. He has successfully led numerous strategic planning, master planning, port, and waterfront and cruise facility assignments. He led the team that developed the India Cruise Tourism Strategic Action Plan for the Government of India; is the Partner-In-Charge for the new Port Everglades Terminal 25 for Celebrity Edge to be delivered in December 2018; and, Project Director for Port Master Plans at Port Miami, Port Canaveral and Port Everglades. He has been involved in the development of both the Hong Kong Kai Tak and Singapore Marina Bay Cruise Terminals.
B&A is currently working on several high profile assignments including the recent delivery of Seattle’s Pier 66 for Norwegian Cruise lines; RCCL’s Terminal A at PortMiami; Carnival’s Long Beach Terminal expansion; MSC’s Ocean Cay Marine Park; Tampa Bay’s Channelside Master Plan; Copenhagen’s T4 Conceptual Plan; Port Canaveral’s Terminal 3; the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s Cruise Master Plan; Mauritius Cruise Terminal; Singapore Marina Bay Waterfront Master Plan; and other exciting projects worldwide.
Part Owner of Tillberg Design of Sweden. During his 20+ years in the company, he has managed some of the most creative and prestigious marine projects in recent years, including Private Yachts, Ferries, Explorer Ships and Ocean Liners.
He currently looks after several newbuild and refurbishment projects, as well as a major part of the company's international contacts and client relations.
Joel Katz has 25 years of international experience in the cruise and hotel industries. In his role as Managing Director of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia & Asia, Katz heads a Sydney-based team that is responsible for the promotion and development of the cruise industry in the region through trade relations, industry training, and advocacy activities on behalf of the Cruise Line Members
Tony Kaufman is executive vice president, international operations for the Princess Cruises brand. Appointed by Carnival plc, Tony oversees multiple sales and marketing teams throughout Asia focused on growing the Princess brand throughout the region and supporting the brand’s itineraries in China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, and Singapore in addition to the business in Australia, the United Kingdom and Europe.
Tony is also responsible for developing Princess Cruises’ relationships with government authorities, industry associations, and business partners in the region. Tony also facilitates coordination with the many operating departments that support Princess’ growing deployment in Asia, including the tailoring of the onboard product that caters to the local source markets.
Tony has been with the company for more than 20 years having previously served as Senior Vice President of Commercial Affairs for Princess Cruises. He joined Princess in 1993 as Assistant General Counsel and Director of Business Affairs, and was appointed Vice President of Legal Affairs in 1996. In 2000, Tony was appointed General Counsel of Princess’ then-parent company, P&O Princess Cruises plc, based in London. In 2003, he returned to Princess Cruises’ headquarters in California.
With more than 100 countries visited across all 7 continents, Peter's wealth of cruise experience has led to regular speaking roles at industry events across the globe.
Peter’s current position of 6 years with CLIA is in developing cruise training and accreditation for travel agents that is being implemented globally, using his knowledge and understanding of the needs of agents which has come from a career that has involved 12 years working at sea in positions such as Shore Excursion Manager for Crystal Cruises, as well Steiner Pty Ltd teaching customer service to crew across a range of cruise lines.
Peter holds a Diploma in Teaching from Sydney University, and currently sits on Sydney TAFE's Advisory Panel for Travel & Tourism.
Bruce Krumrine is the Vice-President of Shore Excursions for the world’s two most famous premium cruise lines, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line, the world’s most famous ultra-luxury cruise line, Seabourn, and Australia’s most popular cruise line, P&O Australia.
His responsibilities include over 10,000 unique shore excursions operated on 44 cruise ships sailing across the globe. This worldwide scope covers over 600 ports, over 135 countries and all seven continents.
Bruce is also responsible for Shore Operations for the Holland America Group in Asia. This includes operational oversight for the deployment of Princess ships in both China and Japan dedicated to serving these growing national markets.
Bruce is a 38 year cruise industry veteran. During his career he has held a number of positions, both onboard and ashore, in the Hotel, Marine, Shore Operations and Shore Excursion departments.
He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Stonehill College, an MBA from Pepperdine University, and a Total Quality Management degree from UCLA. Bruce is an active participant in worldwide cruise tourism associations and conferences.
Bo Larsen plays a key role in helping to develop CLIA’s strategic program of benefits and events for member partners. He also manages CLIA’s global and European Port & Destination Committee. He has spent much of his career working within the travel industry, including 20 years with the airline industry followed by several years with Cruise Baltic and the Cruise Copenhagen Network.
Dr. Liu joined Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd in 2009 focusing on building the China team and business development in China. Within a short span of eight years, Royal Caribbean International has become the industry leader in the country in terms of market presence and reputation despite later market entry and various external obstacles.
Under Dr. Liu’s leadership, China has become the most important strategic market outside of the US with outstanding business performance track records which led to the decisions to deploy Voyager Class and Quantum Class ships in China. This opened a new era of the rising China cruise market. What’s more, Royal Caribbean will deploy its newly designed “Quantum Ultra” in China in 2019, which will usher in a new era of design for modern cruise ships, creating another remarkable milestone in China’s cruise industry.
As the Chairman of CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) North Asia, Dr. Liu is an influential spokesperson and opinion leader for the cruise industry in Asia.
Dr. Liu graduated from the Queen Mary University of London with a doctoral degree in Economics in 1992. Before joining Royal Caribbean International, he worked in London from 1992 to 2004 with a diverse career from university lecturer to investment banker, and held executive positions in multinational corporations in China from 2004 to 2009.
Dr. Liu is conferred with honor the Magnolia Award by Shanghai Municipal Government in 2017, due to his excellent contribution to Shanghai.
Tim has worked for Emirates for 19 years and during this time has undertaken many Commercial roles within the organisation both in the UK and Dubai. In his current role of Manager Leisure Markets and Special Segments, Tim is responsible for many global leisure travel segments, one of which is Cruise. Tim is responsible for Emirates’ global Cruise strategy, global air/sea fare programme, relationships with Cruise Lines and creating travel solutions for Cruise Line partners to optimise their ever-growing source markets and fly/cruise packages. Tim is also a founder member of the Dubai Cruise Committee which actively promotes Cruising within the Arabian Gulf region.
Capt Mahr is a Certified Master / Sea Captain with 25 years of global shipping and management experience aboard and ashore. He set-up, and was responsible for, the implementation of a Fleet Monitoring and Support Centre / Fleet Operation Centre for AIDA Cruises (Rostock) and Carnival Maritime GmbH (Hamburg).
From April 2016 Capt Mahr became Vice President Marine Operations Fleet Asia, Carnival Maritime GmbH, Hamburg, Germany / Fleet Asia, Shanghai, where he is responsible for ramping up complete operations for their Asia fleet. Before this, he was Director of Health, Safety, Environment, Audit and HESS System Management and the Designated Person Ashore (DPA), of a fleet of 25 cruise vessels (merger AIDA & Costa) for Carnival Maritime GmbH, Hamburg, Germany.
A Naval Architect MSc from the Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, he served for 45 years in the shipbuilding industry at various shipyards including Wärtsilä, Masa Yards, Kvaerner Masa, Aker Yards and STX Europe as well as 6 years as President of a naval architectural/marine engineering subsidiary in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Eero most recently held the position of SVP Marketing of STX Finland until his retirement from shipbuilding in 2013. He now provides consultancy services through his own company Emmanoa Ltd.
He was also Vice Chairman of Euroyards EEIG from 2008 – 2013.
C.K.Manoharan is the Head of Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal, managing and operating the cruise terminal at Penang Port.
With more than 36 years career, Mr.C.K.Manoharan has a variety of experiences and profound understanding in Port Operation, Safety, Logistics and Cruise. He has assume the various roles in the port industry since 1980. Since taking the rein in early 2015 as Head Swettenham Pier Cruise Terimal, C.K.Manoharan has suggested policy and vision in order to construct infrastructure for cruise tourism and its preparation to receive.
C.K.Manoharan received his Master's degree in Human Resource Management & Training from University Leicester and Master's in Occupational Safety & Health from University North Malaysia. My principle is " Simple Service above self."
Alvin Materi is the Regional Director of Cruise Asia by Destination Asia. A Canadian national, Alvin has an extensive travel background, including Shore Excursion Manager with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Destination Asia in Vietnam, and a senior sales and operational role with a major New Zealand inbound DMC. He also opened Cruise Asia’s San Francisco sales office back in 2008. Alvin works with our key markets to identify new business opportunities, and directs the Cruise Asia regional sales and operational departments. With more than 20 years’ personal involvement in the cruise industry, including many of those operating in the Asia-Pacific region, Alvin heads our product development, port consulting and itinerary planning, and directs the ongoing ‘branding’ of Cruise Asia by Destination Asia.
Ukko Metsola is Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Vice President for government relations in Europe and Asia-Pacific. In this role he is responsible primarily for the development, planning and execution of RCL’s policies and objectives involving legislative and regulatory matters.
He reports to President & COO Adam Goldstein. Metsola has served RCL with similar responsibilities since 2007, first as an outside consultant to the company. He started in his current position at the beginning of 2016.
Ukko is a Finnish citizen who started his political career as Senior Adviser in the Finnish Parliament and then in the Prime Ministers Office (Helsinki).
He is a graduate from the University of Helsinki and from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he studied with a Fulbright scholarship. He is based in Brussels, Belgium, with his wife and four sons.
Ken Muskat has served as Chief Executive Officer of SkySea Cruise Line since January, 2017 and is responsible for the daily management of the company. Ken has had more than 20 years experience working in the cruise industry and Trade Relations Committee prior to relocating to Shanghai for his current role.
While at MSC Cruises, Ken was responsible for overseeing the North American teams responsible for generating sales on both the trade consumer front, raising brand awareness through Marketing and PR efforts as well as ensuring positive consumer service experiences for all guests.
Ken also worked for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. For 18 years serving in a variety of roles including Director of Product Development & Marketing, Vice President of Sales, Vice President of Consumer Outreach and Vice President of Onboard Revenue.
Valerii Aleksandrovich started his career in December 2004 as a Leading Specialist in Directorate for Strategic Development at Commercial Port of Vladivostok. In July 2005 he was promoted to Deputy Director and in January 2008 he held the office of Director for Strategic Development. From September 2008 to November 2015 Valerii Aleksandrovich had proceeded in his career path as CEO at Port Contract Ltd., a subsidiary of Commercial Port of Vladivostok providing commercial property management services. Valerii Aleksandrovich had been consistently recognized with certificates of acknowledgment and bonuses during the time of his employment. In December 2015 Nagornyi Valerii Aleksandrovich was appointed CEO of Vladivostok Sea Terminal Ltd. The company is an operator of the main cruise port of the Pacific Russia.
Born in Sunderland, Paul joined Austin and Pickersgill Ltd. in 1981 and served an apprenticeship in the Hull Drawing office. In 1988 he Graduated from Newcastle University in Naval Architecture and then joined Lloyd’s Register, then in 2016 completed a MSc in Marine Technology. He is a European Engineer, Chartered Engineer, Chartered Marine Engineer and a Fellow of both the Royal Institution Of Naval Architecture and the Institute Of Marine Engineers and a Member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.
During his time with Lloyd’s Register he has held various roles in several offices including surveying new build Cruise Ships in Italy for 9 years plus Gas Carriers in France for 2 years and surveying most existing ship types in both the U.K and Greece. He then worked as the Senior Project Manager on the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers for the Royal Navy.
Since 2008 Paul has worked as a Lead Specialist in Lloyd’s Register’s Passenger Ship Support Centre for New Construction working with new Cruise Projects, Pre-Contract work, Training Courses and representing Lloyd’s Register in various forums.
Rikard is currently based in Tianjin Xingang Shipyard, in charge of building the world’s first purpose built hospital ship. He has been involved in Shipbuilding in China since year 2000 with Brokerage, Technical Consultancy and Owner supervision.
Master Mariner with seagoing experience as Command, on ocean going vessels and broad proven technical experience from ship building, Classification Survey, Technical Management, Ship building brokerage and international marine trading.
Brought up on a small island in the Swedish Baltic archipelago and gained a good basic understanding for the sea, its power, limitations, resources and potentials in early years.
As CEO, Gianni Onorato oversees MSC Cruises’ business from its Geneva-based headquarters and reports to the Company’s Board of Directors and to its Executive Chairman.
With over 30 years’ experience in the cruise industry, Mr Onorato has a finely developed understanding of the cruise business and extensive experience in senior executive leadership, having served as President of Costa Cruises from 2004 to 2013.
Born in Italy, Mr Onorato graduated from Naples’ Istituto Orientale with a degree in Foreign Languages and Literature in 1983, and then specialized at SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan and INSEAD in Fontainebleau.
Mr Onorato began his career in 1986 at Costa Cruises as Food and Beverage Manager before becoming Cruise Product Director. From 1997 he served as Vice President & Cruise Operations Director and was responsible for logistics and provisioning, as well as all activities relating to calls, excursions and hotel operations.
Married with three grown children and 5 grandchildren
Qualified as Chief Engineer with Denholm Ship Management of Glasgow then joined Mercy Ships as Chief Engineer on board M.V Anastasis in July 1987, served for 8 years on board then moved to head office near Dallas Texas in August 1995. As well as planning and overseeing routine maintenance periods, planned and oversaw replacement of diesel generators on three of our vessels. Was also responsible for the procurement and subsequent conversion of the former Danish rail ferry to become the world’s largest non-profit hospital ship. For the last several years have been responsible for the planning and oversight of the construction of the world’s first purpose built hospital ship.
Winvesrment Co., Ltd. appointed Mr. Wallop to be the General Manager of Phuket Deep Seaport (Thailand).
Present role and responsibilities:
His mission is to achieve mutual business of being the South East Asia Homeport with sustainable development and create new opportunities of cruise lines and commodity transit. He develops business projects and implements management plans for Phuket Deep Sea Port. Lead and motivate the project delivery team by monitoring progress against plan with government and international business proficiency. Being project representative on term of coordinate benefits with quality life of community.
He is one of the remarkable candidates, one in hundreds, that Phuket Deep Sea port selected due to his management skills of pre-opening leading 5 stars hotels as well as managing to operate 10 Chaswood brands including 4 international franchises, 53 restaurants, cafes, bars, lounges serving almost 5 million guests annually in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
Deputy General Manager to operate a new building – Sun Towers. It is comprised of 2 commercial towers, 32 and 40 stories with office space rentals in an ultra-high-rise building style. He is in charge of 13 departments of Sales, Accounting, CRM & Lobby, Engineer, Housekeeping, Security, Car Park, Fitness, Banqueting, Food Court, Plaza & Humans Resource.
He has a bachelor degree of Business Administration major in Management administration from Eastern Michigan University, USA. and a degree in Hotel Operation Management and Computers science.
Havard Ramsoy was born in Kristiansund Norway in 1972. After High School he started Technical College and worked on fishing boats during his summer holidays.
Finding the interest for a life at sea he started to study Master Mariner after serving 12 months in the Norwegian Royal Navy.
After graduation in 1996 he started as 2nd Officer on Tanker Ships.
In 1997 he joined Norwegian Cruise Line as 1st Officer. Serving on multiple ships in several positions he climbed the ranks and was promoted to Captain in 2007.
During his time at Norwegian Cruises line he was involved in several project including the launch of 4 new ships from the ship yard.
After the launch of Norwegian Breakaway in 2013 he was offered to join Star Cruises as VP Nautical Operations.
Since then he has been working as VP Nautical Operations for the Genting owned brands Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises.
Havard Ramsoy is also appointed DPA and CSO for Star Cruises and Dream Cruises.
Having graduated in Applied Human Psychology from Aston University, UK in 1989, David entered the Travel and Tourism Industry with UK Tour Operator - ILG - before joining British Airways in late 1990. Working across many commercial departments, David gained a large amount of International experience with Airline Sales and Marketing leadership roles based in Denmark, Germany and the United Arab Emirates. He then returned to the UK to start a family and further his career within BA within the Head Office environment. In 2010, David joined British Midland International - an affiliate Airline of the Lufthansa Group - as Sales Director. In 2012, he then left the Airline business and entered the Cruise Industry with Carnival UK - specifically with the role of developing international business for the Cunard brand. In 2017, David also took responsibility for the selling of Cunard in the UK marketplace. David has two sons aged 15 and 16, and is an avid sports enthusiast - loving rugby union and skiing in the winter, and cricket in the summer.
Based near London, David Selby is Managing Owner of UK Cruise Consultancy Travelyields Ltd. Travelyields specialises in providing bespoke reporting for ports, destinations, suppliers and investors, as well as supporting ports and destinations in their marketing to cruise lines. David also partners CLIA providing on interactive training modules for its Executive Partners.
He is former managing director of one of the UK’s largest cruise lines, Thomson Cruises, a position he held for 10 years. He has also provided consultancy to a number of cruise operators, namely Royal Caribbean, MSC (UK), Cruise and Maritime Voyages and German River Cruise
Michael Thamm has served as CEO of Costa Group since 2012, and was appointed CEO of Carnival Asia in January 2017, leading the business of Costa Group and Carnival Asia at the same time.With his role as CEO of Costa Group, Michael Thamm oversees the operations of Costa Crociere, Costa Asia and AIDA Cruises, with 27,000 employees and 26 ships with a total capacity of 72,000 beds. The Costa Group global fleet will be further strengthened by seven new vessels by 2020.
For the business of Carnival Asia, Michael Thamm is committed to promoting strategic cooperation with the Chinese government and local business partners, and building a long-term, sustainable Chinese cruise industry.
Thamm began his career in the maritime industry in 1984 when he joined Deutsche Seereederei in Rostock/ Germany. From 1993, he was a key player in the development of AIDA Cruises, the market leader in the cruise sector in Germany. He was the President of AIDA Cruises from 2004 to 2012, during which period he initiated a newbuilding program which saw the fleet grow by one vessel each year between 2007 and 2013. In 2012, he was appointed CEO of Costa Group and joined the Executive Board at CLIA Europe. He also was appointed CEO of Carnival Asia on January 20, 2017.
Michael Thamm was born in Dresden /Germany on 1963 and lives in Hamburg.
Chris Theophilides was born in 1971. After attending the English School in Nicosia he graduated from Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey, in 1995 attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. He continued his studies at the same institution to attain a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) in 1997 with a concentration in accounting prior to becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 1999.
From 1998 to 2006 he was employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) advancing to Senior Manager in Corporate Finance specializing in merger & acquisition transactions, business reorganisations, strategic options analysis and business valuations. During his tenure at PwC he developed numerous strategic options studies for clients assessing the competitive environment, identifying opportunities and evaluating the strategic fit of proposed investments. In 2006 he was awarded with the Advanced Corporate Finance Qualification (CF) by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW). He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC).
In 2006 he joined Louis Cruises as a Senior Manager of Business Development focusing on the development of new projects and business opportunities for the company as well as overseeing the relationship with key corporate accounts such as long term charters. In 2014 he was promoted to Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, adding to his portfolio the oversight of the company’s Marketing activities during a period when the company was rebranded to Celestyal Cruises. Since 2017 he serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Celestyal Cruises having a cross-functional involvement across a wide spectrum of the company’s activities.
Sean Treacy is Managing Director for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s operations in Asia Pacific. He oversees all commercial and operational activities for the company’s brands, Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club Cruises in the region.
Having been with the organisation since 2006, Treacy has held a variety of roles within the company, with a focus on Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises in the areas of revenue management and global deployment. His last position is Regional Commercial Director Asia Pacific, overseeing revenue, deployment, sales, marketing and PR across Australia and New Zealand. Prior to his time at Royal Caribbean, Treacy has worked for United Airlines where he held numerous roles in Sales and Revenue Management. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Finance and Spanish Literature.
Robert (Bob) Ward is Senior Director Global Security for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH). He is based in Southampton , United Kingdom.
Before joining the cruise industry , he completed a 30 year career as a British Police Officer with the Hampshire Constabulary. In 2004 he joined a U.K. based Cruise Operator and gained 7 years’ experience at sea , being fortunate to circumvent the world at least 5 times and visiting all continents.
In 2011 Bob joined Prestige Cruise Holdings (PCH) as Security Manager for their 2 brands , Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises . In 2014 PCH was acquired by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and subsequently he was promoted to his current position . His experience with global operations was recognised and he has direct responsibility, outside of the Americas, for security related matters across the 3 brands operated by NCLH.
More recently Bob has had direct dealings with the Norwegian Joy , NCL ‘s newest vessel , operating from Shanghai for the China market .
Bob’s interests include Cars, Motor Cycles, Golf and most importantly his family.
Andrew joined UBM at the start of 2014 in preparation for the acquisition of Seatrade, which took place at the end of July 2014. Andrew now holds the position of General Manager at Seatrade and is responsible for, along with the senior management team, the day-to-day management and strategic development of the Seatrade Cruise and Maritime portfolios.
Andrew already has significant cruise industry experience and has worked closely with CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) in developing Seatrade and UBM’s cruise portfolio.
Andrew has a background in events, having been Managing Director of the UK`s National Boat Shows who organise two of Europe’s largest consumer boat shows. Prior to that, Andrew held positions as Managing Director at MGM, the US film company and also at Nintendo, as well as senior management positions at the Walt Disney Company.
As General Manager of MICE and Cruise, Kenneth Wong is responsible for developing cruise tourism and positioning Hong Kong as Asia’s cruise hub by strengthening the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s (HKTB) partnerships with cruise line operators and fostering cooperation with regional port authorities and other stakeholders in the industry.
He also oversees the formulation and implementation of business strategies for Meetings and Exhibitions Hong Kong (MEHK) to promote the city as the premier meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) destination in Asia Pacific.
Kenneth joined HKTB in 2001 and was previously the Head of Product Marketing. Prior to this, he worked for Leo Burnett and IBM. He also held management positions at PCCW and SmarTone Telecommunications.
Mr Lionel Wong is the CEO of SATS-Creuers Cruise Services Pte. Ltd. (SCCS), the terminal operator of Marina Bay Cruise Center Singapore (MBCCS). He is responsible for the direction and growth of the company, and daily operations of MBCCS since Oct 2015.
Mr Wong is an experienced marketing and business development manager with more than 15 years of collective experience in various industries. Prior to his current appointment, Mr Wong was the Regional Head in Corporate Business Development for SATS Ltd., where he oversaw efforts to establish and develop SATS' business operations and scope through strategic partnerships, joint ventures, as well as mergers and acquisitions in ASEAN, the Middle East and Northeast Asia.
Mr Wong graduated from Murdoch University with a Masters in Business Administration.
WU Qiang, general manager, member of the board, and deputy secretary of the Party committee of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) from March 2015 up to now. He held a position as vice-general manager of CSSC from year 2010 to 2015, and vice-general manager of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) from year 2004 to 2010.
Andy Yuill is managing director of SMC Design based in London and Singapore. He has over 25 years experience in marine design, working closely with many of the main marine companies.
Andy Yuill and his team have been responsible for public areas, signage and artwork on new build vessels. These include casinos, spas, restaurants, bars, theatres, retail areas, children’s areas, outdoor areas and receptions. SMC Design has also been responsible for many refit/refurbishment projects.
It has always been Andy’s belief that the ability to offer his clients a total design solution of Interior Design, Graphic Design and Artwork Consultancy can only result in a more efficient and controlled design process which results in a final product that has overall design continuity and balance. It is far easier when dealing with the various shipyards and contractors during construction when one company has a design understanding of the entire project. SMC truly believes that their total design package is a great benefit to our clients.
Mario Zanetti was promoted to president of Costa Group Asia, effective from August 2017. He is responsible for expanding the company’s leading presence in Asia, covering China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Korea. He also plays a pivotal role in leading Costa Cruises to contribute to developing a healthy eco-system in the cruise industry.
A veteran in the cruise sector with over 20 years of industry experience, Mr. Zanetti began his career in the late 1990s when he joined Costa Cruises in the company’s headquarters in Genoa, Italy. Over the last two decades, he has held various key positions, most recently President of Carnival China. Prior to that, Zanetti served as Senior Vice President of Revenue Management & Itinerary Planning for Costa Cruises, where he led teams across pricing and retail strategy, revenue management, itinerary and shore excursion planning, as well as air & sea operations.
Mr. Zanetti studied maritime economy at Università degli Studi di Genova and completed his executive education by attending general management programs at Insead Business School.
Huarun Dadong Dockyard Co., Ltd（HRDD）is a joint venture by China Resources Group and Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group, founded in January,1994,majoring in Ship repair, conversion , new building and offshore projects ,located at Chongming island,Shanghai, where is 20 km away from Wusong International Cruise Terminal, with excellent geographical position and the specialized auxiliary industry in the zone.
Since 2014,HRDD has started undertaking cruise ship drydocking, repair , refurbishment, conversion project and successfully delivered 5 large cruise ships. such as “Costa Atlantica”,“Henna”,“ Costa Serena”, from which HRDD has won some experience in the field.
As the President of Genting Cruise Lines, Mr. Zhu is responsible for the long term growth of Genting Hong Kong’s three cruise brands – Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises.
In this position, his focus is on the performance of the brands through innovation, development of strategic directions and implementation of robust business plans for the cruise lines. To ensure the continued evolution of Genting Cruise Lines, Mr Zhu will also play a pivotal role in new product development for different target segments as well as identifying and cultivating business expansion opportunities.
Mr. Zhu brings more than 30 years of experience in the luxury hotel and hospitality industry, and held key senior management posts at two international hotel groups. Prior to joining Genting Hong Kong, Mr. Zhu was Executive Vice President at Wanda Hotels & Resorts, and Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer at Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.